Middle Grade Fantasy
I would keep this book in a third grade class. While reading I could imagine third graders posing many questions about it but that will lead to a great classroom discussion. Students may be able to relate to he main character and learn that they aren't destined for a crappy life, the person himself decides his own fate.
House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts by Chris Columbus The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets—hailed by J. K. Rowling as "a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure"—this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) is full of even more explosive twists and turns.
Stormbringer : a Weather Witch novel by Shannon Delany. Weather Witch series. While Jordan Astraea's completing her brutal training to become Conductor of the massive airliner Artemesia, Rowen's forced aboard a different air vessel with a dangerous crew and cargo which could lead to revolution for the still-young United States.
One Shark, No Swim (#2) by Lehua Parker. MG Fantasy. Life is better for Zader Westin. A better school, no more bullies, and he has a solution to his water allergy. Yet even a Hawaiian summer is full of surprises and challenges. The sharp-toothed shark-man from his dreams is keeping a watchful eye on him, and Zader can’t help but notice. As he faces these obstacles and learns more of his true heritage, Zader has to decide whether to do or die and take the plunge into his destiny.
Fourteen-year-old Lucky Valera is a seasoned sailor about to join the crew of the whaling ship, Nightbird. But when his estranged older brother suddenly kidnaps him and forces him into servitude as a mule spinner at the mill, his life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. Determined to escape, Lucky links up with some unlikely allies: Daniel, a fugitive slave who works alongside him at the mill, and Emmeline.